Rugby Academy: Deadlocked by Tom Palmer

Rugby Academy: Deadlocked

Written by Tom Palmer
Illustrated by David Shephard
Part of the Rugby Academy Series

9+ readers   Summer Reading/Activity    Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   11+ readers   7+ readers   
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Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Tom Palmer really gets the drama of sport and competition and no-one writes about it better. The Borderlands team have reached the finals of the World Schools Rugby Trophy and are in New Zealand ready to play the final games but the squad are distracted: for some their RAF fathers are just returning home after fighting, while captain Jesse is behaving badly again. Owen knows just how to motivate the team though and indeed when Jesse walks out, it’s Owen who takes over. There’s a terrific climax to the series and Palmer shows just what winning is all about. Owen is inspired by reading Calon, the story of Welsh rugby and Dead Locked is just the sort of book to enthrall non-readers too. ~ Andrea Reece

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Rugby Academy: Deadlocked by Tom Palmer

Final title in a rugby trilogy. The Borderlands team has made it to the World Championships in New Zealand, but the strain of divisions within the squad and worry for their Forces parents' safety have the boys well and truly rattled. Can they pull it together and bring the trophy home?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer credits articles about football with getting him into reading as a child. He travels all over the UK for events, performing his immensely popular rugby and football reading games to hundreds of children every week. He is the current Writer-in-Residence for the RAF Museums. Tom is also working with the National Literacy Trust on a very high profile football and reading project during the Euro 2016 football tournament.

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112 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th June 2015




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